What is Yoga therapy?

The practises of yoga aim to create balance and harmony on all levels of our being, physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.

Yoga therapy is the specialised use and adaptation of yoga to address particular health issues or illnesses. It can aid in the alleviation of many conditions, such as:

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  • Anxiety
  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Migraine
  • ME
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Arthritis
  • Digestive disorders
  • Aches and pains
  • Cancer

The role of a yoga therapist

A yoga therapist will choose appropriate practises to suit an individual, working on a one-to-one basis or in small, specialised classes focused on a particular health condition. Yoga therapists are qualified yoga teachers, who have additional training in the application of yoga to medical conditions.

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Yoga therapy uses gentle postures, breathing exercises, relaxation and meditation to help restore balance and promote healing. Restorative yoga may also be used which employs the use of props such as bolsters, blankets and blocks in order to bring beneficial effect with minimal effort.

One-to-one Yoga therapy

One to one Yoga therapy is a thorough approach, which aims to take account of each person's health and life circumstances. The yoga is, therefore, tailored around the individual to provide manageable practises that can be incorporated into daily life to bring about improved health and well-being.

Home practise

Yoga therapy is essentially self-empowering and so requires practise at home, which is encouraged by the provision of written and recorded instructions. Yoga therapy is suitable for all ages and ability levels and requires no previous experience.

Regulation of Yoga therapy

Yoga therapy is recognised by the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), the voluntary regulator for complementary therapies, which is sponsored by the Department for Health. Please visit www.cnhc.org.uk for more information.

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FAQ's

How long does a Yoga therapy session last?

A Yoga therapy session usually lasts one and a half hours, which includes some 'talking time' so relevant information can be gathered, the remaining time is for the practise of yoga. At subsequent sessions we review the effectiveness of the yoga and adapt and develop it as progress is made.

How much does it cost?

My fees are £40 for each hour and a half session. This covers our time together plus provides you with a personalised practise in the form of written instuctions, including diagrams. Certain practises are provided on CD for which there is a charge of £7.

How do I make an appointment?

To make an appointment contact me by email, sarah@yogatherapynorfolk.co.uk or telephone me on 01493 740271. It will be necessary to complete a health and information form which provides me with essential information and saves time at our session together. Once I have this information a date can be set for us to meet.

I'm very stiff and inflexible, is Yoga therapy for me?

Yes! It is practise of yoga that can increase your flexibilty and reduce stiffness and any associated pain. Yoga therapy takes account of all relevant medical history and is consequently, suitable for all ages and abilities and requires no previous experience.

Will I need to sit cross-legged or stand on my head?

No, if that is not right for you! I aim to see you as an individual and so will only choose practises that are appropriate and suitable for your body and your circumstances. If you still have queries please contact me by email: sarah@yogatherapynorfolk.co.uk

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